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216 × 138 mm
208 pages
09 Oct 2017

Mind Your Consciousness is What and Where? Ted Honderich

What does it mean for something or someone to be conscious? What is mind? Eminent philosopher Ted Honderich presents a captivating introduction to his new and revolutionary Actualism theory in Mind: Your Consciousness is What and Where?

This important new book tackles the great problem of philosophy of mind. Honderich proposes to entirely replace all major competing general theories of consciousness with the theory of Actualism: a theory that rests on data that you share yourself, of consciousness that can be labelled as being actual. Unlike other theories, Actualism differentiates between the three sides of consciousness – consciousness within seeing as well as other perception, consciousness that is thinking and consciousness that is wanting. Honderich argues that your consciousness in seeing right now is probably the existence of a room out there, not some kind of image or picture in your head. A real thing out there, dependent as a matter of scientific law on both the objective physical world and on you as a thinking and breathing person. It is a theory that is becoming increasingly popular among philosophers, psychologists and neuroscientists.

Honderich’s readable, understandable and unpretentious writing tackles these bold concepts and complex thoughts with clarity and verve, as he moves forward and reinvents our current understanding of consciousness and mind.

Mind is a valuable contribution to the field of consciousness in general and subfields of consciousness in particular, and it deserves a careful study. This book is remarkable in involving its audience within its argument, or as the author himself says,“you are not supposed to be just a free rider on this train.”’ – Metapsychology

‘Ted Honderich’s new explorations into the difficult and challenging terrain of mind and consciousness are very welcome – as always, challenging, penetrating, thought-provoking.  Another most valuable contribution.’ – Noam Chomsky

‘This is a lively, informed, and quirky book on one of the great puzzles: evident elusive consciousness. Whether one agrees with Ted Honderich’s theory that consciousness of a room is a type of room, he certainly offers a vigorous and agreeably perplexing perspective on a maddening subject.’ – Colin McGinn

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Ted Honderich is Grote Professor Emeritus of the Philosophy of Mind and Logic, University College London. He is the author of many books, including Philosopher: A Kind of Life (2000), and editor of the bestselling The Oxford Companion to Philosophy.